Ok, my 50D Canon is in the cameraspital...I borrowed my DIL's Nikon D40...can anyone tell me in 25 words or less how to get it set for time exposure? All she has with it is the quick start guide that doesn't tell me much of anything other than how to turn it on and snap the shutter...LOL I went to the digital tutor site and that didn't tell me how to set up for a time exposure either. Waaaaahhhhhhh...:>)
Ok, it will probably take more than 25 words, I concede on that.
Fireworks are best done in bulb mode. IMHO. Set your aperture between f8- f16 and focus to infinity. Use a tripod and if you have one or can get one, use a remote shutter release cable. Once the fire works start compose the picture to rightly frame the fireworks. With the remote shutter release it will be pretty much like taking a hearing test, just pressing the button and holding it for a couple seconds. Longer if you want to have multiple displays in the picture.
Ok, yes, I do mean bulb. And there is no remote. With my Canon I always just clicked the shutter with my index finger, held it open a bit and then took the finger off. I don't have a problem with doing it manually. Too cheap for a remote for my Canon (if I could even get one for it) and I have a tripod.
On the Canon (and Nikon) if you don't have a remote then you can set it on timer delay so that the vibrations from pusing the shutter should subside before the camera actually fires.
BTW the Canon cable TC-80N3 is quite nice but is a bit pricey. You can set the shutter speed from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds for night photography or when you need a really slow shutter, fire continuously from 1 second intervals to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds, and do it from 1 to 99 times or forever, plus have a delay for the first shot (again from 1 second to 99.59.59) and do them all together. Of course it still does bulb and fires the shutter manually when you press the button. Great for action photography (hummingbirds for example) and group shots (either candid like a photo booth (no photographer needed) or you want to be in the picture too).
Well, I guess i will have to call Nikon and ask them how to set it to Bulb...I certainly cannot figure it out with any of the instructions I found on a couple of sites after Googling my problem. Tell you to set shutter speed to...(whatever)...well, I cannot find HOW to set the shutter speed without having a manuel.
Oh, I did the search and I couldn't figure it out. That was midnight.
Just a minute ago I was fooling around with it, and by some certain fate of the Gods and no knowledge whatsoever how I did it...I DID IT! LOL So, it is set to bulb and I can now take fireworks pix tonight. :>)
Hope I won't need it; got a repair estimate from Canon today and it is within my means. LOL Down side is I can't justify upgrading to a 7D because it wouldn't be cost-effective. Repair estimate is $211.00. If it would have been in the $500 range I'd have seriously considered the upgrade.
If you want to print the manual for your D40, go to http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14157
and click on the tab that says agree to license validate (requires your camera serial number). That is better, in my opinion, than having to open the computer every time you wan to see something. Also it is the reference manual which is a lot more detailed than the user manual packed with the camera.